Electronic health records have truly helped to bring great improvements in the healthcare industry and have allowed doctors to manage the data regarding their patients in a more organized and safe manner. Still, in order to make the application most effective, it is necessary that some basic things must be known so that the full benefits of the system can be achieved. These are some points which have been collated from the experience of doctors that have implemented electronic health records and therefore will help those thinking to initiate:
Avoid too many differences
Electronic health records will only benefit doctors when the information which it carries is standard and similar with respect to different areas. For instance, the diagram of a body should be the same as what an ENT doctor has and what a general physician has. If it isn’t then the doctors will have to view different sets of data to arrive at a solution of just one problem. EHR, therefore, should be comprehensive that shared information with different physicians and doctors should be the same.
Convince physicians first
Before implementing the system, it is necessary that the physicians and doctors are made aware of the value that it holds and how it is going to help them bring an improvement in the practices. Some people are reluctant because they aren’t that expert in using computers and they fear that the system will be difficult to operate. For this reason, they should all be first given a briefing and practice session in which they are made aware of the system and how it operates, so the hesitancy is removed. When this will be done, then they will be able to see the advantages and benefits of the system.
Electronic media and information sharing via technology always has a certain doubt attached over the accuracy of it and whether or not the information that they share will be secured. For this reason, the clinicians and physicians should be assured of the level of security and also how it is almost free of errors. Human errors are natural and adopting a system that is free from such errors is certainly going to be beneficial to every stakeholder; whether patient or doctor.
Medical assistants should be involved as well
EHR isn’t just for the senior physicians and doctors but also medical assistants; they too have a big role in the function of it. The interaction which patients have with medical assistants proves to be more crucial because their decision will determine how the patient is dealt with afterward. Medical assistants should be realized of how they can use the system to help save lives. It all depends on them how and when they are able to notice the gaps in a patient’s health records and whether or not they take necessary action on it.Overall, electronic health records are going to be really beneficial but only if it is implemented with all the necessary arrangements and briefings to people who will have to eventually manage and operate it.